Benedikt Taschen began seriously building his personal collection in 1985, through his involvement in the contemporary art world. His collection is limited to a small number of artists by whom Taschen owns a great number of pieces. This concentration both traces the development of the work of a few over time and allows us to explore their scope and vision in greater depth. Among the best-represented artists of the collection are Germans Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger, with more than a hundred works each, and the American artists Jeff Koons and Mike Kelley
GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad Aliby Benedikt Taschen, Jeff Koons, Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali is one of the most remarkable personalities of our time and the greatest sportsman to ever walk the earth. To honor this legend, TASCHEN has created a work that is both epic in scale and just as unique and vibrant as the man himself. It is more than appropriate that a worthy tribute to his life would reflect the scale of his achievements, and GOAT: Greatest of All Time proves itself up to the task.
Four years in the making, and the most comprehensive look at Ali to date, GOAT tips the scales at 34 kgs (75 lbs) and is 50 cm x 50 cm (20" x 20") in size. 800 pages of archival and original photographs, graphic artwork and articles and essays - many of them previously unpublished - chronicle six decades of his life in stunning detail. To cap it all, the project takes place with the participation of Ali himself and those members of his inner circle who have been closest to him over the years: from managers and key ringside cornermen to friends, family and children; from spiritual and other advisers to broadcasters, essayists and journalists.
Motivating this endeavor is the conviction that Ali is not just a figure from the past, but one whose influence pervades everyday popular culture, even now. A mere glance at the world of sports and music, for example, reveals his psychic DNA on everything from the lyrics and style of rap music to the way sports figures represent themselves. More significantly, his actions outside of the boxing ring still speak louder than the verbal outrageousness of his pre-fight spectacles. He is a man who stood by his convictions, took a highly unpopular stance at the peak of his career in a country not yet ready for radical change. He risked everything his boxing license, livelihood, and tremendous popularity and lost everything, and in the process began to emerge as a hero for all time.
No stone has been left unturned in telling this remarkable story: the book features written contributions from hundreds of writers and photographers, as well as over 3,000 photographs of Ali's dazzling life. Plus Ali's own insights, writings and drawings, and reproductions of fight posters and classic memorabilia.
After the enormous success of Helmut Newton's megabook, SUMO, publisher Benedikt Taschen felt that his next challenge lay in creating a work that had multiple sources and extraordinary photography, but one where the emphasis on the written word, narrative and research was on par with that of the most comprehensive literary biographies. In short, matching meticulously crafted prose with incredible color and black-and-white photography.
In addition, new work commissioned from artist Jeff Koons gives the Ali mythology a twenty-first-century edge and an entirely contemporary context. The "Champ's Edition" is limited to 1,000 copies and features specially-commissioned artwork by Jeff Koons as well as four silver gelatin prints by Howard L. Bingham, signed by the photographer and Ali himself.
- Taschen America, LLC
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- Edition description:
- Signed, limited edition with artwork
- Product dimensions:
- 27.00(w) x 26.75(h) x 10.25(d)
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So what if GOAT is $15,000. Everyone must read this book. Not only do you get the satisfaction of reading about someone so motivating as Muhammad Ali but you also receive priceless memorabilia.
Well at only $200 per pound it's still cheaper than gold
amazing book god bless him anf grant him the highest place in jannah he was a good muslim man
WHEN I SAW THIS BOOK I IMMEDIATELY SOLD MY BEST FRIEND TO AN ARAB PRINCE. THEN I REALIZED I HADNT TAKEN ANY MONEY FROM THEM SO SOLD MY GIRLFRIEND AND REMEMBERED TO KEEP THE RECEIT. NOW THAT OWN GOAT I UNDERSTAND THAT MY TWO BELOVED FRIENDS/FIANCES WERE WORTHLESS COMPARED TO THE LANGUID DIVERSITUDE THAT WAS GOAT. I READ IT AND AS THE GENIE TOLD ME I WAS GRANTED A SINGLE WISH, WHICH I USED TO GET A SECOND COPY OF GOAT (WITHOUT ANY ADDITION WISHES AS IT WAS SLIGHTLY USED). ALL IN ALL, YOU CANNOT GET YOU MONEY'S WORTH FOR ANYTHING LIKE YOU CAN FOR GOAT. THANK YOU BANRES AND NOBLE.
Any true fan of Muhammad Ali must own this book.